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Week 7 QB Rankings

Deciding between two quarterbacks? Need a streamer? Jacob Adler examines this week's matchups.

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Last week's streamers turned out pretty well, as you can see below. This week, quarterback is a wasteland. After Matthew Stafford, whom I have ranked 13th, I'm not comfortable starting any of those guys in fantasy football. Anyway, let's keep going.

Joe Flacco vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 6 Finish: 16

While Flacco was the worst-performing recommendation in this space last week, he still threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns. That's a success.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 6 Finish: 7

Kap accrued 340 passing yards and two touchdowns on only 27 attempts. That's efficiency, and a really bad Baltimore pass defense.

Jay Cutler vs. Detroit Lions

Week 6 Finish: 13

Cutler got a stat boost from the game going into overtime, but he was still useful against a weak Detroit pass defense.

Blake Bortles vs. Houston Texans

Week 6 Finish: 6

Bortles was by no means great, as he threw three picks and completed only 30 of 53 passes. But he surpassed 300 yards and also had three touchdowns.

Brian Hoyer vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 6 Finish: 5

Hoyer was great, throwing three scores without a single interception. He just missed 300 yards for leagues that play with bonuses, but it was a great performance nonetheless.

Now onto this week's streamers.

Week 7 Streamers

Ryan Tannehill vs. Houston Texans

Is Ryan Tannehill back? I'm not sure, but if his offensive line is functional he should be in for a solid game against Houston. I'm cautiously optimistic.

Derek Carr vs. San Diego Chargers

Only Teddy Bridgewater has failed to throw for a touchdown against San Diego. Derek Carr has been a more useful fantasy quarterback than Bridgewater this year. Since Oakland's offense is relatively weak, I don't think San Diego will try to dominate the time-of-possession game as it often does against the league's best offenses. Carr should have sufficient opportunity to put up numbers.

Brian Hoyer vs. Miami Dolphins

Hoyer has thrown for two or more touchdowns in his last three games, and it looks like he is getting more of a leash now that Bill O'Brien can't get away with saying Ryan Mallett is better. He has appeal if he just showers DeAndre Hopkins and Arian Foster with targets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New England Patriots

New England has allowed generous fantasy days to all the quarterbacks it has faced except Brandon Weeden, and Fitzpatrick is better than Weeden. My biggest concern here is that the Jets try to control the clock through the run game, and Fitzpatrick wouldn't get the opportunity to throw unless the Jets then went down big.

Matthew Stafford vs. Minnesota Vikings

Finally, Matthew Stafford looks like he knows what he's doing. After a 405-yard, four-touchdown performance against Chicago, I'm giving him another chance. As a plus, his only other decent game this year was versus Minnesota, when he threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns.

The full table of ranks is below.

Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

1

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

New York Jets

2

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

3

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints

4

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Oakland Raiders

5

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Tennessee Titans

6

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Indianapolis Colts

7

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles

8

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

9

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Houston Texans

10

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

11

Brian Hoyer

Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins

12

Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets

New England Patriots

13

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

14

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

15

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville Jaguars

Buffalo Bills

16

Josh McCown

Cleveland Browns

St. Louis Rams

17

Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18

Zach Mettenberger

Tennessee Titans

Atlanta Falcons

19

Nick Foles

St. Louis Rams

Cleveland Browns

20

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

21

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars

22

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers

23

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys

24

Landry Jones

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs

25

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Arizona Cardinals

26

Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions

27

Matt Cassel

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

28

Sam Bradford

Philadelphia Eagles

Carolina Panthers